Meet The Modern Day Amelia Earhart Inspiring Women In Aviation

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In 1937, Amelia Mary Earhart set out to circumnavigate the globe and disappeared over the South Pacific, becoming one of history’s greatest mysteries. It has been over 75 years since that fateful expedition and it is a legendary story which is talked about even today, but one woman has added to the mysterious storyline.

Her name is Amelia Rose Earhart, and has just completed the journey her namesake never did. Amelia successfully flew around the world in a single-engine plane, becoming the youngest woman to do this. She was accompanied by her co-pilot Shane Jordan, and also had access to modern day technologies such as a GPS that the original Earhart did not have. If she did, perhaps she would’ve made it back safely.

Amelia Rose left Oakland, California on June 26, and arrived back at the same city on Saturday July 12, stopping at 17 cities in countries such as Australia, Singapore, Tanzania, Brazil and Papua New Guinea, and covered a total of 24, 300 nautical miles.

Upon returning, she was greeted by fans and the press who followed her exciting adventure.

“It was an amazing journey. We feel like we had Amelia there with us, symbolically closing her flight plan … To come back here, it just brings it full circle,” she said. Amelia and Shane carried a picture of the original Amelia Earhart with them on the place throughout the journey.

 


Her parents named her Amelia Rose not because they wanted her to become an aviator, but because they wanted to give her a name which instilled strength and independence.

“My mom says she loved the way Amelia Rose sounded and she took a risk on making me a namesake. Not so much to inspire me to be a pilot, but to inspire me to become a strong, passionate, independent woman.”

Before flying around the world, she was an air traffic and weather reporter, so it seemed as if she was always destined to continue the Amelia Earhart journey, whether her parents intended her to or not. She started her own foundation called the Amelia Earhart Project which aims to raise money for flight-training scholarships for young women ages 16-18 and foster aviation and aerospace opportunities for people of all ages through aviation-based educational curriculum.

In an interview with Fox News Magazine before her epic journey, Amelia spoke about how she wants to inspire other girls to fall in love with aviation as she did. With only 6% of pilots estimated to be female in the United States, she said if young girls aren’t encouraged from a young age that they too can be pilots, it becomes harder as they get older.

“Girls are drawn to women that they feel they share something with. Working in TV news for the past eight years, I was given the chance to be the girly girl on the news who just happened to fly airplanes after the morning news. The girls that I speak to and mentor are encouraged to do it all — to get out and learn things. I don’t want them to just be pretty, I want them to be pretty incredible,” she said, echoing the exact same phrase Verizon are using for their new campaign to encourage girls to fall in love with STEM careers.

It’s awesome to see what a huge impact everyday women can have when they use their talents and experience to inspire. She has become a role model for many young girls around the country who are hearing about her story, and will know that the aviation belongs to women just as much as men.

As for her own role models, Amelia cites Richard Branson as an inspiration, but also said this:

“My role models are anyone and everyone who gets off the couch, dismisses naysayers and does exactly what they are driven to do.” We love promoting women who are the go-getters and trailblazers in the world, because they are the ones filling in the cultural gaps where girls cannot find appropriate inspiration when they are young to show them something is possible.

Hear Amelia talk to Huffpost Live about her round-the-world flight below:

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